Catasauqua blanks Palmerton
For the first 30 minutes of play Wednesday afternoon, the Palmerton field hockey team had no problem turning away the constant pressure Catasauqua was applying.
Prior to intermission, the Roughies ripped off six shots on goal, but Blue Bombers' sophomore keeper Addison Lesher managed to hold them scoreless.
In the second half however, the Roughies' Quinn Bachman took things into her own hands, providing her team with enough offense to pull out a 2-0 victory over the Bombers.
It wasn't the way Palmerton head coach Kim Seiler wanted to see things unfold in the Colonial League regular season opener.
"They really had some great offense," Seiler said. "They had some hard hits. I have a young goalie. She's a sophomore and it's her first varsity season ever. So, we are all going to learn from what we did today and work on things before Bangor (Friday afternoon)."
It was just 1:50 into the second half when Hannah Edward sent a perfect pass across the front of the Bombers' cage. Bachmann was at the right place at the right time, got enough stick on the ball and deflected it pass Lesher to the back right of the cage.
Nearly six minutes later, Bachman was at it once again. She broke free on the run, put several Bombers' defenders behind her and gave the Roughies an insurance goal.
While that may have been it for the Roughies, the Bombers didn't quite roll over as they created several scoring opportunities.
After taking just two shots in the first half, the Bombers got off six shots after intermission but all of them were either wide of the cage or Roughies' keeper Janae Matos got her pads or glove on them.
"We are trying to get more shots on goal," said Seiler. "We have to continue to work on that and also making sure we finish."
Seiler also wants to see the Bombers bounce back quickly from the season-opening loss.
"We want to build on how we closed the season last year," said Seiler about her team's second half run that fell a game short of the district playoffs. "Everything we were doing was right. Our passing was great. Our ability to get the ball up field ... we just needed to change and work to our strength and not play the opponent's game. So, we are going to work on that tomorrow in practice and hopefully come out with a good game at Bangor."